Aktion Club of Elmira is sponsored by the Kiwanis
Club of Elmira NY. and is the first and, so far,
only Aktion Club of the Southern Tier and Chemung
County New York.
The mission of an
Aktion Club is:
- To provide adults with
disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative
and leadership skills.
- To serve their community.
- To be integrated into society.
- To demonstrate the dignity and
value of citizens living with disabilities.
Club members strive to return to their communities
the benefits, help, and caring they have received,
as well as develop important skills in the process.
An Aktion Club can benefit its
members in many ways through service and
enable the members to:
- Participate in the active life
of the community.
- Provide an opportunity to
contribute to the community.
- Develop mechanical, creative,
and intellectual abilities.
- Social interaction awareness.
- Improve self-esteem.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Achieve personal and service
Aktion Club of Elmira NY is a member of the
Sponsored Organizations and Programs at
Kiwanis International. Aktion Club is a
community-service group for adult citizens who
live with a disability. The Aktion Club of
Elmira NY is based in the Chemung District of
Kiwanis International and of the first in this
On April 18 2007, the first meeting of the
Elmira Kiwanis opened to the public to invite
them as potential members to the newly forming
area Aktion Club. During the next few
meetings, we discussed what the idea and
mission of an Aktion Club could do for its
members, and what the members could do for the
organization as well. In June of 2007 we
elected board members and initiated the
process of creating by-laws. Then on our
meeting of July 18 2007, we had everything we
needed to complete our charting process and
The Web Site:
On July 3 2007 our first temporary web site
was created by one of our charter members. He
also is our webmaster and hosts the web site
using his account on a major hosting company.
At out July meeting we decided upon a domain
name for our web site and then our webmaster
ordered it from one of the best domain
registry companies. This allowed us to have
our web site up and running as AktionClub-Elmira.Org
during the first week of August 2007. This
site started as a one page web site, then a
two page site when a photo page added to it.
Now it is in its current form. This site is
still under construction, and may/will have
errors or spelling mistakes as it evolves. Our
current webmaster has a "condition" called
Dyslexia which makes these errors and mistakes
harder to find.
On October 11 2007 the Aktion Club of Elmira
was officially chartered. By that date, we had
about 40 charter members. We celebrated the
completion of the charting process with a
dinner at Hill Top Inn, where Mayor John S.
Tonello declared that date to be known as
Aktion Club of Elmira Day. Our celebration
including members from Aktion Club of Elmira,
Elmira Kiwanis, Sponsoring Agencies, plus some
guests. The room was packed and we had a good
Spread the Word to End the Word.
Stop the use of the R-Word by kids and
Pledge your Support to Eliminate the
Demeaning use of the R-Word.
[quote from the web site]
R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it
hurt? The R-word hurts because it is
exclusive. Itís offensive. Itís derogatory.
The R-word is hate speech.
See why supporters think the R-Word is
hurtful when used in jokes or as part of
Aktion Club of Elmira has participated in the
Memory Walk, now called the"Walk to End
Alzheimer's", since the first walk at Eldridge
Park in Elmira.
We now have a
link to the online donation site for raising money
for Alzheimer's. All money raised in the
community stays in the community. So please,
if you can, give some money to the cause.
We have a Charter Member in a
nursing facility who has this illness.
The stats for the number of people who
develop this illness is as follows:
[as told in a
support meeting last year]
60-69 years old - 30% .
. . .
70-79 years old - 40% . . . .
80+ years old - 50%
. . . .
American has Alzheimer's
Help raise money to give the needed support
to those families who has a member with
This webmaster has receive
free aide serviceso he would have help with
the care of his wife, while she was still at
home, who has this terrible illness.